Northern England based Outcross Records bring you ‘The Break Out’ EP this November by Inland Knights backed with a remix from label heads MAM (Miguel Campbell & Matt Hughes).
Inland Knights have been heavily involved with electronic music since the early 90’s, building an enviable reputation through their ‘Smokescreen’ free parties in that era and later starting the reputable Drop Music imprint which over the years has seen support from the likes of Luke Solomon, Phil Weeks, Laura Jones and Lee Foss, evidently showing the diverse appeal embodied in their music.
‘Bounce’ opens the release here and in true Inland Knights fashion storms in with a raw shuffling rhythm. A gritty, penetrating saw wave bass hook is thrown into the mix and the duo’s signature hip-house vocal chops create their own melody on top of the track’s sturdy foundations. The latter stages introduce hypnotizing filtered arp lines and sweeping house synths to the hub of the track, adding further melodic movement and rounding the piece off as classy, retro inspired house music with a forward thinking appeal.
Next is ‘Broken Up’, taking on a more stripped-back form with heavily swung drums and an acidic bass-line driving the track. The cut steadily evolves with subtle modulation creating an ever-evolving movement, before breaking things down and introducing organic bass licks, hi-pitched vocal chops and warm brass tones into the consequent stages.
Closing the release is ‘Broken Up (MAM Remix), the duo drop the tempo and infuse the cut with their signature slo-mo disco drums, staccato hooky bass and tasteful filter work. MAM tracks have become instantly recognizable for their ‘French House’ feel and understated, less-is-more approach and here they deliver that once more dissecting the key elements of the original and remolding them elegantly.
Inland Knights ‘The Break Out’ EP is out on Outcross Records November 2012.
Published: 1st November 2012